Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge February 27, 1776

A force of over 2,500 white soldiers were attempting to reach the Atlantic coast of eastern North Carolina, to join up with another force of English white soldiers, to combat the obvious southern Anishinabek in that region. The location of this military engagement was about 20 miles north of present day Wilmington, North Carolina. Just before the two forces of English soldiers could converge, a force of brave Anishinabe soldiers prevented the two white military forces from merging at Moore’s Creek Bridge. In the battle that followed, the brave Anishinabe soldiers completely routed the large force of English soldiers in just a matter of a few minutes. Acting on the instinct for survival, the large English military force scattered from the fierce assault of the Anishinabe soldiers. Around 30 English soldiers had been killed and another 40 wounded within 5 minutes after the start of the battle. The Anishinabek had accomplished their goal of preventing the two English military forces from merging. Over the next few days the Anishinabek captured around 850 of the remaining English soldiers in the vicinity, and either outright killed them or enslaved them.

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